Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thanks goodness for the framework I was introduced to at HBBH http://www.hbbhealth.net or I would not have known where to begin. If you plan to open your own practice you must invest in additional business education for yourself! I have also been thankful for the access to the HBBH chat group and database which has answered many questions prior to encountering the problem in office.
The other thing I'm really glad I invested in was the Optional Official QuickBooks Manual. The tips and cautions have been worth the price 10 times over. Particularly, when initially setting up QuickBooks, I loved the section that walks you through the initial set-up interview. I have utilized the manual many times as I encountered a new area of QuickBooks.
Well back to my books...
Dr Janine Fraser CH ASc BSc ND
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I keep separation in my emails so I have accounts for business/patients to contact me at and personal addresses for friends which I check on weekends/evenings.
I really like the work of David Allen - productivity Guru. He has a CD you can listen to while commuting that has tons of organizational ideas and how to get the weight of your "to-do's" out of your short term memory thereby decreasing your stress. Hence more productivity.
When I was setting up my office I really appreciated that I had a rotation on the reception desk at college so I knew what supplies I would need and how to best set it up for myself.
It's true you will be just as busy as you were in Naturopathic College if you start your own practice....but you will be calling the shots on what is the priority each day.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Having family members who can advise and come up with things still needing to be addressed has helped me greatly in creating my business. From handing out business cards, to helping put in ceiling tiles when the contractor takes an unexpected holiday, they are your best supportors and essential to have on board for your success.
We all learned in Naturpathic Medical College the importance of teamwork. That's what I've found works for me, a family team of advisors who all want to see me succeed; they've seen Naturopathic Medicine work for themselves and want to help me deliver it successfully to patients.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
One of the best things you can do now for your future finances, is to develop an excellent credit rating. Get some credit, use it frequently and repay it promptly, you'll have 7-9 yrs during school... so make use of this lengthy time period. A great credit rating can give you an edge when negotiating leases and other financing. If you have no idea what your credit rating is you should check it. http://www.equifax.com/home/en_ca
Finally, find yourself an accounting professional http://www.cga-bc.org/ who will advise you on the best business structure appropriate to your financing streams. You will need to work with them as your business starts and grows.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
As I'm, yet again, adding the final touches (final plumbing quote) to my document I had thought finished, I have finally come to the understanding this will continue to be a fluid file until I retire.
Not only will it guide my business decisions but this all powerful stack of paper will show me the stark reality be it bad or good.So hear are some tips I learned that may help you write your business plan.
- Format - Only mentioned here because I gave it waaaay too much time ....get the info, the format will follow. [It will expand into several folders anyways!]
- Market research - Hit the Pavement .....local community centers...friends...family...ask lots of locals their opinions. Be on the look out for local "Hubs" of knowledge, the chatty ones who just HAVE to give you their opinion....even about things you didn't ask, they are a precious resource! Also check out Stats Canada http://www.statisticscanada.ca/ and your local city/town webpage or office for development plans.
- Mentors - Don't forget to ask other Doc's and their staff questions...What is the buzz from their patients? What works? What doesn't? There are some very well run practices and they are usually very happy to help.
- Changes - Make Them! You plan is the guide posts to measure you practice by, if it isn't working, find out why and adjust accordingly. You first calculations are just that, the first, they will most likely change.
I hope my acknowledgement that I will continue to update my business plan throughout my career has helped relieved any perfectionist Naturopathic Student stress you were experienceing...I know I feel better that my plan will never be done.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Back then, I was naive about business plans, book keeping and financing options but I knew there was more to learn so I listened intently whenever one of our knowledgeable ND instructors would toss out pearls about making their practice successful. One day a favorite instructor told us about business courses she was taking and how they were helping her to become even more successful in her practice. I quickly had to take the same courses (www.wholisticsolutions.net) which gave me a basic business framework I've continued to build on.
Since graduating and becoming liscenced as a Naturopathic Physician, I have been reading, learning, doing business in an attempt to reach one goal....pay my overhead, staff and myself so I can ultimately assist others to feel better.